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SCR shares its prop-making secrets

March 31, 2010 |  9:00 am

At South Coast Repertory, we've come to expect productions with rich and inventive staging and sets. But did you ever think about how many hours go into the props?

In the case of the Costa Mesa theater's next production, the world premiere of Julia Cho's "The Language Archive," the answer is: more than you could imagine.

In this SCR video, John Slauson, the theater's property shop manager, explains the secret of creating 1,800 objects -- 1,000 of them books. The comedy, which won Cho this year's Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for female playwrights, is now in previews and opens April 1.

-- Sherry Stern